Several institutions in the University City area will host services and other observances next week in recognition of Rosh Hashanah. The festival began at sundown on Sunday and runs until Tuesday, Sept. 18.
Rosh Hashanah marks the start of the Jewish year, according to a guide from Chabad on Campus at Washington University in St. Louis.
"The anniversary of the creation of Adam and Eve, it is the birthday of mankind, highlighting the special relationship between God and humanity," the guide states.
In conjunction with the two-day festival, people spend time in synagogues, listen to the sounding of a ram's horn (shofar) and reflect on personal wrongdoing and repentance from sin.
Other observances include candle-lighting and eating "a piece of apple dipped in honey to symbolize our desire for a sweet year."
St. Louis Hillel, which serves the Washington University area, offers extensive information about conservative and reform services, meals and other observances happening Monday and Tuesday on its website.
For more information, check out some our local congregations and religious organizations:
- Agudas Israel Synagogue
- Bais Abraham Congregation
- Beth HaMedrosh Hagodol Sha'arei Chesed Shul
- Chabad of Greater St. Louis
- Greenblatt Menachem Rabbi Study
- Nusach Hari-B'nai Zion Congregation
- Shaare-Zedek Synagogue
- St. Louis Kollel
- Young Israel of St Louis